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NDIC donates paediatric unit to Ogun hospital





The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) on Sunday donated a  Paediatric  Ward to the Ogun government-owned hospital in Saala, Ayetoro.

The project was facilitated by the Chairman of NDIC, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, through her M.R.S Foundation.

The Paediatric Ward Unit was donated by Sokefun in honour of her late parents, Mr. Anthony Idowu and Mrs Idowu.

In her address at the inauguration and handing-over ceremony of the facility to the state government, Sokefun noted that the unit was fully equipped with two infant-phototherapy machines.

Others, according to her are two baby incubators, two oxygen concentrators and two suction machines.

She added that the facility also has an emergency treatment room, a 10-bed admission ward, a baby ward, a special baby care treatment room for newborns, isolation room for those with infectious and communicable diseases.

According to her, the unit also has a pharmacy, a doctor’s consulting room, chief matron’s office, a nurses’ station, a waiting room, two-room apartment fitted with a kitchenette for parents and guardians  for children and wards on admission.

Sokefun further explained that the unit  is also equipped with a backup solar-powered source for uninterrupted power supply in the facility.

She said  that the gesture was part of the NDIC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to complement government’s efforts in adding value to communities and improving the welfare of the people.

The NDIC chairman  added that the gesture was also borne out of her desire to give back to the community.

“All around us, there exist gaps, especially with the provision of social amenities. The truth is government cannot do it all, no matter how hard it tries.

“It is for this reason that we must all be determined to support and give back.

“Why the choice of a paediatric stand-alone unit?

“There is a saying that healthy children make a healthy nation. We have to nurture our young babies  and that is why this project was conceptualised,” she said.

Sokefun , however, urged the hospital management to put the facility to judicious use.

In his remarks, Gov. Dapo Abiodun, in his address, commended NDIC and its chairman for  their partnership with  his administration’s qualitative health care services.

Abiodun, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Shuib Salisu,  urged other well-meaning indigenes of the state as well as organisations to emulate the gesture.

“We need every hand on board to build the state and therefore this development today is a welcomed one.

“The paediatric unit will not only serve Ayetoro community but also other communities around here,” he said.

The Head of the hospital, Dr. Olawale Maku, decried its deplorable condition and appealed to the state government to provide the hospital with a visiting paediatrician to maximise the benefits of the project.

He said, “The issue of maternal and child health is a big challenge in Nigeria and Africa at large.

” This centre is a comprehensive one and it will serve as an intervention for a lot of childhood diseases.

“This project can solve the problem of prematurity births, neonatal jaundice and other childhood diseases.

“This project will also help other neighbouring communities.

“Therefore, we appeal to the state government to give us a visiting paediatrician in order for this project to be put into  optimal use,” he said. (NAN)

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Shaibu Relocates Office Out Of Edo Govt House



Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Philip Shaibu
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Philip Shaibu

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu has commenced the relocation of his office to an area outside the vicinity of the Government House.

The development follows last of Shuaibu’s suit filed at the Federal High Court to stop alleged plots by week’s withdrawal   the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, to remove him from office.

The new office is situated at No. 7, Dennis Osadebey Avenue, close to the Government House.

Sources close to the deputy governor said  that a letter was sent by the Head of Service to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor instructing her to supervise the movement of civil servants and files to the new office.

It was also gathered that the new office is not habitable as there is no electricity, is waterlogged, and the office spaces are significantly small.

The state government had however insisted that the deputy governor’s new office is within the confines of the area designated as the Government House.





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Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Senate Leader, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, other members of the Senate with NARD officials


••• Cancels Planned National Protest

Striking members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) are set to call off their two week old strike after a closed door meeting with Principal Officers of the Senate on Tuesday.

Adressing the media shortly after the closed door meeting with President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio and other Principal Officers of the Senate, National President of the association, Dr Emeka Innocent Orji, stated “we had a very fruitful meeting with the Senate led by the President of the Senate and from our discussions with them, we are very hopeful that when we table our discussions today before the NEC, something positive would come out.

“From our interaction with the President of the Senate and the practical demonstration he did before us today, we are very confident that there would be light at the end of the tunnel in the next 24 hours.

“Because of the intervention of the President of the Senate, who is the number three citizen and the assurance he has given us, our planned national protest has been cancelled while the decision on the ongoing strike would be taken as soon we meet, he assured.

Speaking in the same vein, Senator Akpabio, thanked the medical doctors for honoring the Senate by calling off their planned national protest and also working towards calling off the strike.

According to him, ” I thank you onbehalf of the Senate for honoring us with your decision not only to cancel the planned public protest, but to also call off the strike in the interest of the suffering masses.

“Your demands are well noted and let me assure you that as soon as a Minister in charge of Health is appointed, the Senate will work with him or her to expeditiously adress all your grievances. The President Bola Tinubu-led administration is Doctors friendly and that explains the large number of medical practitioners he has appointed into his cabinet.

“Strike by medical practitioners should not be allowed even for a day because of the impacts it creates in the polity and that is why the Senate is determined to ensure through interactions and consultation with relevant offices, amicable settlement of the impasse is reached,” he stated.

President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio (3rd from left), Dr Emeka Innocent Orji (middle) Senate Leader, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele and Senator Ireti Kingibe (first from right)after a meeting with national officers of NARD in the office the President of the Senate on Tuesday.


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Nigerian-Made Noodles Safe To Eat, Says NAFDAC




The agency re-assured the public that it is proactive and committed to protecting the health of the public.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has certified noodles manufactured in Nigeria, saying they are safe for consumption.

The confirmation followed the Agency’s investigation into the presence of ethylene oxide or its metabolite in noodles or their seasonings.

This was made known by the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye, during a press briefing in Lagos on Thursday.

She noted that ethylene oxide or its derivative was not found in any of the instant noodles produced in Nigeria and their seasonings which make them safe for consumption.

The NAFDAC boss also declared that the level of mycotoxin and the heavy metals were within the internationally acceptable limit.

“Therefore, the noodles made in Nigeria are very safe to eat,” she stated.

Giving account of how the sampling of the noodles was conducted, she said, “Samples of chicken flavoured instant noodles of various brands (and the seasonings) were drawn from the production facilities across the country.

“This was to ensure that the investigation was robust, covering other instant noodles brands manufactured in Nigeria, besides Indomie, the implicated brand.

“The Post Marketing Surveillance Division also visited markets/retail outlets in the major cities of Lagos, Abuja, and Kano and drew samples of instant noodles for laboratory analysis.

“The market visits served as surveillance for the presence of the Taiwan and Malaysian special chicken noodles in the Nigerian market.

“The samples drawn from production facilities and trade were properly packaged and delivered in good condition to our Central Laboratory, Oshodi, Lagos, where analytical activities commenced immediately in accordance with international standards and methods of analysis.”

For the sampling, a total of 114 samples of instant noodles and the seasonings were received, the NAFDAC DG stated.

The agency re-assured the public that it is proactive and committed to protecting the health of the public.





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